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Started 10/22/17 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 100361 views.
Jenifer (Zarknorph)

From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

10/24/17

More Scorpions!

Why do scorpions glow in the dark? It could just be a fluke, scientists say

Several scorpions glow green on a dark background.

It's not a sign of radioactivity, but many species of scorpion — including those you're likely to stumble upon in your backyard — do glow a brilliant aqua under ultraviolet light.

In fact, all Australian scorpions have the ability to light up, as do most scorpion species across the world, according to the collection manager for arachnids at the Queensland Museum, Owen Seeman.

"If you take an ultraviolet light out at night … it glows this fantastic colour [that] you can imagine at night really jumps out at you," he told ABC Brisbane's Craig Zonca.

But why? Well, scientists are not quite sure.

"We don't really know exactly why they do it — it could just be an accident, a freak of nature, that all scorpions fluoresce," Dr Seeman said.

"With Australia's animals, we tend to have the most venomous of many groups, but when it comes to scorpions, most of them are pretty wussy. Scorpions overseas are far more dangerous than those in Australia.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-25/why-do-scorpions-glow-in-the-dark-queensland-museum/9076978

CaroWee

From: CaroWee

10/25/17

Remember the Jaws skits they used to do on SNL and the knock on the door? It was JAWS!!

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Jenifer (Zarknorph)

From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

11/10/17

Okay, I hope this works...

Tasmanian Devil playing with a truck.

A close up of a young and healthy looking Tasmanian devil..

The delightfully relaxing sound of a very grumpy Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-11/your-recorded-animal-sounds-from-around-australia/9131294

Don't think the sound file loaded.

It's so funny.

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Jenifer (Zarknorph)

From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

11/13/17

Ferry McFerryface to be name of new Sydney ferry after public vote

Run a competition asking Sydney to name a new ferry, expect the outright silliest name to win.

Ferry McFerryface is now officially the name of the last ferry in a new fleet of inner harbour vessels.

The name was voted on by hundreds of Sydneysiders in a competition which allowed the public to be part of maritime history.

However, the most votes actually went to the name Boaty McBoatface, the notable title Brits voted to call a new research vessel last year.

But Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said they wanted to avoid a double up.

"Given Boaty was already taken by another vessel, we've gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders," Mr Constance said.

"Ferry McFerryface will be the harbour's newest icon, and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-13/sydney-ferry-will-actually-be-called-ferry-mcferryface/9146446

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Jenifer (Zarknorph)

From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

11/18/17

Summer storms in Perth this week

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Bolt out of the blue

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Jenifer (Zarknorph)

From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

11/26/17

You've just been bitten by a snake — what you do next could save your life

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You have just been bitten by a small snake. You are pretty certain it is just a harmless python, but it disappeared before you could get a proper look. Do you administer first aid and go to the hospital or keep gardening?

When Pat Ryan saw a little brown-looking snake disappear under his fence earlier this month, he decided to check himself over, even though he had not felt a bite.

He had been gardening barefoot in his yard in Agnes Water on the Queensland coast about an hour north of Bundaberg.

"[My wife] washed my foot off to have a look … then washed it a bit more and said, 'Yeah I can see two little strike marks'," Mr Ryan said.

"And then a couple of minutes later I felt my left hand, like I had two little pin pricks on my left hand."

Like in many of the 3,000 or so reported snake bites in Australia each year, there are a number of snakes fitting Mr Ryan's description that are native to the region, some harmless and others potentially deadly.

First minutes crucial before venom enters bloodstream

If Mr Ryan had been bitten by a brown tree snake, over the next few hours he might experience some very mild local irritation around the bite and its weak neurotoxic venom might cause some nausea.

But if the snake was a similar-looking eastern brown, a deadly cocktail of neurotoxins, myotoxins, and coagulants would be making its way toward his bloodstream before attacking his nervous system and muscles, putting him at high risk of cardiac arrest.

This is where treatment is crucial. If the right procedure is followed, the snake venom can be all but stopped before it reaches the blood, according to toxicology expert Dr Brian Fry.

"When you wipe out when you're running or something like that and you scrape your knee and you get that clear liquid coming out, that's actually lymphatic fluid," Dr Fry said.

"Lymphatic fluid is fluid around our blood vessels, bathing everything that's not inside the blood vessels.

"Initially the venom is [injected into] that, and it doesn't reach the blood until it gets to a lymph node."

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CaroWee

From: CaroWee

12/4/17

That's right, one one the funny skits!  laughing

Jenifer (Zarknorph)

From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

12/5/17

Hey Caro,

Welcome back!

We don't get SNL over here.

What channel is it on?  Because CBS plan to buy one of our TV stations - be great if we got something other than more Big Bang repeats.

Cheers,

Jenifer

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